Code "borrowed" without attribution to original authors

Wolfgang Denk wd at
Tue Oct 5 09:52:13 EDT 2010


it has been brought to my attention that lately a number of commits
have been added to the BareBox repository (and released as BareBox
v2010.10.0) that contain literal copies of hundreds of lines of code
taken from the U-Boot project.

While this is OK in general (U-Boot is covered by the GPLv2/GPLv2+),
in this case the code has been added to the BareBox repository
without any attribution to the original authors.  Instead, the
respective commits carry only SoB lines like these:

	Signed-off-by: Jean-Christophe PLAGNIOL-VILLARD <plagnioj at>
	Signed-off-by: Sascha Hauer <s.hauer at>

Commits that very clearly show this problem are for example:

 d424ce7  image: factorise image printing contents
 0ceafe1  Replace direct header access with the API routines
 aba80a2  image: rename IH_CPU to IH_ARCH to be more concistant
 7bd7d59  image: factorise string helper

In the examples given, most of the copied code was actually written by
Marian Balakowicz and should be attributed to him.  Neither
Jean-Christophe nor Sascha have any credits on that code.

We all have been working long enough in free and open source software
projects that I can assume you are well aware of the basic principles
of open source software licensing and the requirement to attribute
code to its original authors.

Jean-Christophe, may I please ask you to stop copying code from other
projects without proper attribution?

Sascha, may I please ask you to make sure that proper attribution of
all such copied code gets added to the BareBox repository and released

[Please make sure to keep me on cc: to any replies as I am not
subscribed to the BareBox mailing list.]


Wolfgang Denk

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By the way, ALL software projects are done by iterative  prototyping.
Some companies call their prototypes "releases", that's all.

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